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Midrash And The New Testament: A Methodology For The Study Of Gospel Midrash

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Midrash is creative interpretation of the Holy Scriptures of the kind most typically found in rabbinic literature. This chapter discusses about that this type of interpretation is found also in the New Testament and other early Christian literature, where it has a special purpose of its own. It shows how the singular character can often be detected in the Gospel narratives. The rabbinic midrash, following the biblical symbolism, has interpreted the fig tree's blossom and fruits as symbols for Israel and the Messianic Age. The fig tree seen as a symbol for Israel. The abundance of fruits as a sign for the Messianic Age. The fig tree's ripening as a specific sign for the appearance of the Messiah. The figs' harvest as a sign for the decisive eschatological moment or death.

Keywords: fig tree; Gospel narratives; interpretation; Israel; Messianic Age; Midrash; New Testament



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